The Power of Youth Voice

This is an excerpt. See the whole article in Duquesne University Magazine

When Dr. Temple Lovelace talks about education, she describes a system that desperately needs equity and innovation, but routinely overlooks its most obvious change agents: students.

For years, Lovelace, associate professor in Duquesne’s School of Education, has worked to remedy that by providing opportunities for youth to empower themselves to take control of their educational experiences.

Through a growing number of grant-funded programs Lovelace has developed, local high school students are reshaping their schools and pre-service teachers are learning how to innovate for students before they ever step into a classroom.

“School can be a place where critical thinkers grow and change the world,” says Lovelace. “Students should be that sandpaper in the education system, always asking questions.”

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